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Mom, this is the '90s: what kind of insecure wuss chooses a college based on where some guy is going
—Brenda about Dylan

Commencement: Part 1 is the 29th episode and first part of the Season 3 finale on FOX teen soap Beverly Hills, 90210.

Synopsis

With 24 hours until graduation, everyone is overjoyed at their impending graduation. Dylan gets a windfall when he inherits his trust fund worth $10 million and hopes to be accepted to Berkeley College. Brenda is accepted to Minnesota University, Andrea frets over her valedictorian speech, while secretly harbouring doubts about going to Yale and Steve is anxious over whether Mrs. Teasley will let him graduate. Meanwhile, David is stressed about finals while he and Kelly are packing up their house.

Starring

Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh
Shannen Doherty as Brenda Walsh
Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor
Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders
Gabrielle Carteris as Andrea Zuckerman
Luke Perry as Dylan McKay
Brian Austin Green as David Silver
Tori Spelling as Donna Martin
Carol Potter as Cindy Walsh
James Eckhouse as Jim Walsh

Special Guest Star

Stephanie Beacham as Iris McKay

Recurring cast

Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio
Ann Gillespie as Jackie Taylor

Guest starring

Josh Taylor as Jack McKay
Denise Dowse as Mrs. Teasley
Michael Rawlins as Jordan Bonner
Michael Cudlitz as Tony Miller
Scott Jaeck as Mr. Chapman
Vasili Bogazianos as Eric Ruben
and Mark Kiely as Gil Meyers

Quotes

SteveBro! Bro! Mrs. Teasley's actually writing me a letter of recommendation to any college I want to go to! You know what this means? This means that I get to go to any college I want to! I can go to California University with you, man! You the man!
BrandonSteve, Steve! You kiss me I'm gonna slap ya
―Graduation bromancing
Mom, this is the '90s: what kind of insecure wuss chooses a college based on where some guy is going
—Brenda about Dylan
IrisDid you really think I'd miss your graduation?
DylanYou missed practically everything else in my life
―Hi Mom
Besides, half the fun is catching you with a girl in the bedroom!
—Iris to Dylan
You're still with Kelly?
—Iris to Dylan

Trivia

  • Steve is allowed to graduate!
  • The gang make Nat an honorary member of the Class of '93 and he leaves them senior wills:
  • Jordan thinks Andrea is considering going to CU because of Brandon
  • SENIOR WILLS
  • West Beverly has a musical group called The Wildcat Singers
  • Steve gets a giant fake legacy key
  • The music to "Brandon" is the theme from Dobie Gillis.
  • Brandon tells Dylan that of all the girls he dated in Beverly Hills, the one he cared for the most was Tricia Kinney
  • Brenda's hurting over Dylan
  • Dylan's credit card number is 64280061377444
  • David regrets graduating high school early

BEHIND THE SCENES

  • The senior breakfast is based on co-writer of the episode Charles Rosin's own experience actually hosting a senior breakfast
  • Gabrielle Anwar (Tricia Kinney) was reluctant to let the producers use the clip of her
  • Originally, the Network and Aaron Spelling did not want the writers to do a retrospective portion with clips from previous episodes, but Charles Rosin did anyway, and it worked out[1]

Music

school's out | ALICE COOPER
louie louie | THE KINGSMEN
psycho (theme) | BERNARD HERRMANN
this is it (bugs bunny theme) | MACK DAVID & JERRY LIVINGSTON
Brandon (parody) | LIONEL NEWMAN
performed by Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling and others

Photos

Notes and references

  1. The Blaze with Lizzie & Kat! Episode 90 – Charles Rosin • Season 3 Wrap-Up

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